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Govt stole Nyumba Kumi initiative from Makadara

02 July 2014, 11:21

Nairobi - A group of Makadara residents in Nairobi have faulted the government for stealing their 'Ten-Ten' initiative and rebranding it Nyumba Kumi.

Mike Maganzo says he pioneered the ‘Ten-Ten’ initiative in Makongeni back in 2008 when the country was still reeling from the effects of the 2007 post-election violence.

According to The Star, Makongeni was among the worst hit by the 2007/08 violence. Local leaders therefore had to organise households in groups of ten in order to ensure their safety and also efficiency in distribution of relief food.

Each group of ten households had a leader who reported directly to Maganzo, a community leader.

The government later rolled out the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ which Maganzo says is a replica of their ‘Ten-Ten’ initiative, even though the Interior CS Joseph Ole Lenku maintains that they borrowed it from the neighbouring Tanzania.

The Makadara group is now calling on the government to pay them for IP infringement.

- For more details visit The Star

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